Hi everyone! Below, I’ve written a couple of verses to start off a BIG POEM about Southbourne – the area, the people, the community. Please feel free to add verses, lines, words, thoughts, ideas, comments about what Southbourne and its community means to you. Just scroll down to add your contribution in the box.
Anyone who would prefer to send an audio or visual contribution can do so by emailing a Soundcloud or YouTube link to firstname.lastname@example.org, or posting it straight towww.facebook.com/jamesmanlowpoet and these also will then be embedded into the final poem.
Let’s see what we can come up with for a real community poem!
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Southbourne Big Poem
Suburb born of ‘Stourfield’ in the sunny south,
Haven for the wounded, weary of war,
With history at the Head, its blue-flagged beaches
Unequalled in the borough for their beauty,
And blue-plaqued buildings speaking to us still
Of aerodromes and storms and rival piers.
Today leave the bustle of Bournemouth town,
Escape chain store and supermarket brands
To shop amongst the Grove’s unique boutiques
Undiminished in both quality and range.
It’s time to speak again of Southbourne. Meet me
In Seafield Gardens. Tell of what you’ve seen and see. . .